Soccer

Man United survives Middlesbrough fightback, wins 3-1 in EPL

  • A fan celebrates with Manchester United after Jesse Lingard scored his side's second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

    A fan celebrates with Manchester United after Jesse Lingard scored his side's second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Nigel French/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, left, scores his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

    Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini, left, scores his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Nigel French/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Middlesbrough's Rudy Gestede celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Nigel French/PA via AP)

    Middlesbrough's Rudy Gestede celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, England, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (Nigel French/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A weakened Manchester United team survived a late fightback from managerless Middlesbrough to win 3-1 on Sunday and climb out of sixth place in the Premier League for the first time in 19 weeks.

Playing its third game in less than seven days, United looked like easing to victory after goals by Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard put the visitors 2-0 up by the 62nd minute.

Middlesbrough, which fired manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday, dominated the final half-hour and reduced the deficit in the 77th when Rudy Gestede took advantage of defensive errors to score from close range.

United held out despite late pressure and added a third in the third minute of injury time when Middlesbrough goalkeeper Victor Valdes — a former United player — slipped as he was about to make a clearance, allowing Antonio Valencia to walk the ball into the net.

United moved above Arsenal into fifth place.

United manager Jose Mourinho was without suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera, while Paul Pogba was injured and Henrikh Mkhitaryan was only on the substitutes' bench.